Hydrate for Health: A Call for Healthy Beverages in Health Care

Hospitals can play an important role by modeling healthy behaviors in the communities they serve. With their substantial purchasing dollars, hospitals can have a significant impact on market trends to support overall health. Despite the charge to “first, do no harm”, many facilities serve high calorie, nutrient-poor food and beverages on patient trays, in cafeterias, and in vending machines. This document explores the negative health and environmental impacts associated with sugar sweetened beverage consumption, and the opportunities for hospitals to take a leadership role in transitioning to healthier options for their patients, staff and the community...hydration for health.